The North Carolina state capitol rumor mill has been working overtime since Roy Cooper was sworn in as Governor behind closed doors in the middle of the night.
That’s generally what happens when you start your administration in the least transparent a fashion as humanly possible.
Nevertheless, it looks as though Ole Roy is at least bouncing around the idea of using one of Barack Obama’s favorite tools, an executive order, to expand Medicaid.
There’s only one problem – that’s completely and totally illegally under North Carolina state law.
First and foremost, according to the State Budget Act, all appropriations are enacted by the General Assembly. This means the Republican legislature has complete power of the purse, and Cooper cannot legally appropriate any money without legislative approval.
Also, in 2013, the General Assembly passed State Bill 4 which bans all aspects of the stater government from expanding Medicaid so long as Obamacare exists.
And in case you haven’t checked the cost of your health insurance yet, Obamacare still very much exists.
Some around the Capitol believe Cooper is under the assumption that he can still make this expansion happen, in defiance of the law, because of a State Supreme Court that will pretty much ‘rubber stamp’ any radical liberal nonsense that comes across their desks.
Yesterday, we reported Cooper’s decision to appoint Charlie Perusse, Bev Perdue’s former budget director who oversaw the creation of a $3 BILLION deficit during his three year tenure, to the same position.
Clearly, Roy Cooper is well on his way to racking up billions in debt on a Medicaid expansion that is illegal, and not fiscally feasible.
He’s a chip off the old Democrat block.